The Department of Geography at UAEU was established in 1977 as part of the college
of humanities and social sciences. Through the past decades the department has evolved
to be the lead institution for research, outreach and geographic education in the
UAE. It offers a wide range of courses and excellent educational program in various
aspects of geography leading to a bachelor of art degree in geography. Undergraduate
students graduate with majors in urban planning, environmental geography or geoinformatics.
The first geography degree was awarded in the academic year 1980/81. By the last academic
year 2012/2013 the department has graduated a total of 2,138 students who are currently
assuming leading roles within the UAE civil service and private sector enterprises.
A master’s program in remote sensing and GIS was launched in 2005 and thus far has
graduated 47 students.
In the department faculty members have developed strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research ties to departments in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, and participate in a growing number of research programs at UAEU and with government institutions. In addition to their teaching and research tasks, faculty in our department actively participates in various committees that support several departmental and college management and administrative activities. The department has several committees for research, hiring and selection, student’s affairs and alumni, conferences, web site review, geography club, scheduling and timetable, curriculum, student advising, new student enrollment, books, climate station, social gathering, academic promotion and newsletter committees.
The geography department at UAEU established a faculty-student GEO club in April 2011. The club’s major goals are demonstrate and manifest the role of geography and geographic information systems in various fields and applications and create an entertaining and educational environment for the students that help in building self-esteem, morale and relieve academic pressures.